September 20, 2024 | 7:30 PM

First Assembly Church 777 S. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia, NC

Natural Woman

Natural Woman is the premier tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. Katie Pinder Brown plays and sings the iconic songs that defined a generation. The same music that electrifies the smash Broadway musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will delight Natural Woman audiences as if they were guests in the artist’s living room.

These are all the classic favorites you’ve loved since the ’60’s and ’70’s, like the groundbreaking “Brill Building” chart-topping pop mega hits conceived in a tiny Times Square cubicle, the timeless tunes you know by heart but possibly never knew Carole created, and of course the masterpieces from the record-shattering phenomenon TAPESTRY, the emblem of the singer/songwriter era that solidified Carole King’s position as a trailblazing woman to watch.

Experience the thrill of being transported back in time by the authentic raw vocal purity, dynamic soulful piano, and genuine audience connection of a truly polished and emotionally intimate performance. With the power of a musical icon and the relatability of a friend, Katie’s NATURAL WOMAN will bring the warmth and strength of Carole King’s compositions to life and the crowd to their feet, dancing in the aisles and singing and clapping along to treasures.

 

October 25, 2024 | 7:30 PM

First Assembly Church 777 S. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia, NC

The Jeff Little Trio

Jeff Little / Piano – Vocals – Harmonica

Jeff Little is an award winning musician from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. Jeff has not only been recognized as a critically acclaimed musician but also a true innovator in acoustic music.

Jeff stays busy traveling the country performing concerts with an energy and dedication to his music that is evident at every show. Performances include The Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters, Merlefest, and many festivals, performing arts centers and music venues throughout the US.

Jeff has been featured on National Public Radio and PBS many times and has also taken his music around the world for the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs performing in Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Oman, France and Tanzania. In 2014 Jeff was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. In addition, Jeff is Artist in Residence for the Popular Music Program at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. 

Steve Lewis / Acoustic Guitar – Five String Banjo – Vocals

Steve Lewis is an award – winning guitar and banjo player from Todd NC and is one of the most respected acoustic musicians in the country. Steve is well known for his flat picking on guitar and his mastery of the five – string banjo. Steve has  won many championships for his guitar and banjo playing. Some of the prestigious events include the Walnut Valley Nationals, Merlefest, the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Renofest and the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition. Steve is also a two-time national champion on the banjo. He remains an in-demand guitar and banjo teacher and is dedicated to sharing his love of music with the next generation.

Luke Little / Mandolin

Luke Little is a young and talented mandolin player whose musicianship and style expand well beyond his years. Luke’s performances include the National Folk Festival, PBS Song of the Mountains, The Richmond Folk Festival and The Moss Center for the Performing Arts at Virginia Tech.


December 6th, 2024 | 7:30pm

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – 805 South York Street, Gastonia, NC 28052

Celebrating Christmas with Organ & Brass | Matthew Noonan

Known for his passionate and inspiring performances, Matthew Noonan has given concerts in some of the greatest venues throughout Europe, Latin America and South America. Matthew Noonan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, The Greatbach School of Music at Houghton University, and the Fredonia School of Music. Since his European debut in Paris at the age of 20, Mr. Noonan’s performances have delighted audiences and have been hailed as both imaginative and dynamic. Popular with all ages, Matthew Noonan has performed for royalty as well as for thousands of children through family and school concerts. 

Known for his interpretations of Baroque music, Matthew Noonan won several competitions and awards in organ performance. Besides American Guild of Organists competitions, Mr. Noonan won the Arthur Poister international award for his organ playing. Matthew Noonan has performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, as well as the organ works of Jan Sweelinck (Breitkopf & Härtel) to celebrate each of their anniversary years. 

Very much in demand as a church musician, Matthew Noonan is the organist for two churches, Messiah Lutheran church (LCMS) of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Holy Trinity Lutheran church (NALC) of Gastonia, North Carolina. He is also the elementary school music teacher at The Math and Science Academy of Charlotte. Samples of Mr. Noonan’s organ playing can be found on his website. Mr. Noonan can be contacted through his website and is available for recitals, masterclasses, and children’s events. 


March 21, 2025 | 7:30pm

First Assembly Church 777 S. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia, NC

Rozlyn Sorrell

When Rozlyn Sorrell sings her signature “I’ve Got to Sing My Song,” it is undiluted, pure, organic truth. She displays resplendent vocal artistry and has been blessed with an extraordinary gift. Offering a finely tunes mix of popular, semi-classical and/or sacred-themed repertoire in a concert performance, she reveals a soothing grace, innate regal bearing and a calm emotional honesty sung deep from the heart. A New York native, Rozlyn spent a number of years performing in music and film in Los Angeles before relocating to North Carolina where she operates Vocal Precision Studio, a private vocal coaching business while expanding her concert touring and work in film, television and music.

She has performed or recorded with artists including Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Cece Winans and others. In addition to her several film and television productions, Sorrell’s remarkable dramatic abilities and vocal range have taken her into some of the nation’s largest cathedrals where she has appeared as guest soloist. Her integrity, passion and unique vocal talent ring with equal clarity, whether she’s performing from the American Popular Songbook or concentrating on traditional spiritual and contemporary gospel repertoire. Rozlyn has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony since 2004 and is a regularly featured soloist with the Durham Symphony as well.

Theatrically, she has appeared in Theatre in the Park’s production of Terrance McNally’s play Master Class, received acclaim for her performance in the very demanding role of Mama Nadi in the 2009 Pulitzer Award winning Broadway play, RUINED by Lynne Nottage at Burning Coal Theatre, starred in the role of Lena Younger (Mama) in A Raisin in the Sun at Justice Theatre Project and received rave reviews in a production of Frank Higgins’ Black Pearl Sings, at both Temple Theatre and Theatre in the Park. In a recent production of HAIRSPRAY, Sorrell received thunderous applause and standing ovations before her numbers had even come to an end.

In 2013, she was recognized as Best Actress in a Drama for her role in Ruined and in 2011, she won the title Best Musical Director in the Triangle by Independent Weekly for the Mike Wiley production of THE PARCHMAN HOUR at PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC Chapel Hill. She also appeared in the touring company in the role of 1961 Freedom Rider, James Farmer and was among vocalists from around the world to be selected to receive a scholarship to study and perform during the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Assisi, Italy.

Locally, she operates Vocal Precision Studio, a private voice-training facility in Raleigh, while also accommodating concert touring throughout the country. Her distinctive five-octave vocal talent displays clarity of presence and regal bearing; whether she’s performing popular standards, semi-classical favorites or sharing heartfelt traditional spirituals and contemporary gospel repertoire.

With her six octave range, Rozalyn serves up a little something for everyone; from traditional, classic contemporary and inspirational to smooth jazz sounds and more in the style of Yolonda Adams, Bannie Mason, Cece Winanas and Sandi Patty.


April 25, 2025

First Assembly Church 777 S. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia, NC

CODA

CODA is a local musical group formed by six musicians that enjoy opportunities to share their love of light rock and jazz with listeners in a variety of venues. Whether the space is as small as an intimate wine bar or as large as a multi-band concert, CODA seeks to entertain with a wide variety of material that appeals to all tastes and ages.

Don Conrad (vocals), Cory Dover (bass), Bryant Bolin (keys), Gary Covitz (percussion), Les Davis (guitar), and Phil Lyew (saxophone) make up this group, having played together in the past with a number of other bands, and thoroughly enjoying this new collective musical project.

 

Location: All concerts (besides the Christmas Concert) will be held in the First Assembly Church, 777 S. Myrtle School Rd., Gastonia, NC and will begin at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. (dates and times subject to change).


Season membership ticket prices (admission to all concert season shows) are as follows:

  • Individual $70.00
  • Patron $250.00 / 4 tickets
  • Donor $400.00 / 8 tickets
  • Sponsor $700.00 / 12 tickets
  • Benefactor $1,000.00 / 20 tickets
  • College Students $30.00

Admission for an individual concert for non-members will be $30.00

Children through 12th grade, accompanied by an adult member, will be admitted free.

Download the printable 2024-25 mail-in membership form here.

e-mail address: gastonconcertassociation@yahoo.com / or use our contact page form

Gaston Concert Association